Manchester United could secure transfer for Brazilian ‘wonderkid’ who idolises Cristiano Ronaldo – Casey Evans
‘The next big thing from Brazil’ is a concept that gets thrown around a lot in football. Sometimes it’s true, and you get the likes of Ronaldo Nazario and Neymar. Other times it’s false, and you end up stuck with someone like Kleberson.
It’s an elusive thing, the Brazilian ‘wonderkid’, and it’s hard for clubs to tell whether the flair and bravado they show while playing in their homeland’s domestic leagues will transfer onto the bigger stage of Europe. Still, the most prominent clubs come calling when the South American country uncovers it’s next star.
This time around, it’s Endrick.
The 15-year-old who plays as a forward for Palmeiras has been gaining plaudits for his starring role in the Brazilian side’s development squad this season despite his age. In doing so, he has attracted the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United.
He recently hit the headlines for a stunning overhead kick from outside the box in Palmeiras u20’s game against Oeste in the Sao Paulo Youth Cup.
The ball was bouncing around outside the box as Oeste struggled to clear it, but then it dropped in front of Endrick, whose overhead shot looped before dipping over the keeper and into the top corner of the net.
It is reported that Endrick’s favourite club is Real Madrid, so it is likely that he follows in his countrymen Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo’s footsteps and joins the Spanish side. However, United may have their secret weapon in negotiations.
Endrick’s favourite player is Cristiano Ronaldo, and he follows him religiously, according to his father, Douglas Sousa. In an interview with Nossopalestra, he said: “Dad, I want to be like Cristiano”.
He read some articles and knows that Cristiano doesn’t have a tattoo because he donates blood.
“In the same way that Cristiano is driven by challenges, so is Endrick. He likes to train, to improve himself every day, so he has a main mirror in this athlete.”
“Once they asked about three players to see who his favourite is Cristiano, Neymar and Messi, he chose Cristiano.”
It seems unlikely that Endrick would play with his idol at Old Trafford. FIFA regulations state that although the Brazilian youngster can sign a pre-contract with a team from the age of 16, he would be unable to move until he is 18, sometime after Ronaldo’s contract finishes at United.
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Though the player is unfazed by that as reportedly European football is far down his list, below breaking into and winning trophies with the Palmeiras and Brazil first teams.
Overall, it is a transfer that United fans would not see the benefit of for many years. Still, if Endrick continues his rise to prominence at a similar pace, if the club has a deal secured for him to join when he turns 18, they could have a serious player on their hands.
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